Projecting All 30 MLB Teams’ Next Big Thing

Regardless of whether a team is a perennial World Series contender, a fringe playoff team or a cellar-dweller, there is always at least some reason for excitement looking ahead to the future. Whether it is a single player destined to be a superstar or a deep minor league system overflowing with talent, the "next big thing" is always waiting just around the corner to change the outlook of a franchise. Hype and actual on-field production are two very different things, and not every next big thing pans out, but it gives fans a reason for optimism nonetheless. So with that in mind, what follows is a look at the next big thing for all 30 MLB teams. In order to be eligible for the list, a player has to carry rookie eligibility into the 2016 season, and most players here are expected to make an impact at some point in the next two years. However, not every ...


Tim Lincecum Should Stay Far Away from AL East, Camden Yards in Comeback

Tim Lincecum has spent the duration of his big league career in an orange and black uniform. So there would be a certain poetry if he ditched the San Francisco Giants and flew to the Baltimore Orioles as he attempts to come back from an extended decline and recent surgery. Uniform colors, however, aren't enough. A move to the Orioles—and the American League East in general—would be a potential disaster as Lincecum looks to rebuild his value and resurrect his career. As Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun recently reported, the O's have "expressed interest" in Lincecum along with several other clubs. Lincecum, Encina added, has yet to hold a long-promised showcase but was set to begin throwing off a mound. Until we see what he can do with a baseball in his hand, it's all guesswork and conjecture. But it makes sense the Orioles would be interested after losing Wei-Yin Chen to ...


Predicting MLB’s 10 Most Exciting Teams to Watch in 2016

Don't tell the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets that baseball is boring. Thanks to Chicago's absurd collection of bats and New York's contingent of power arms, those two teams are set up to be two of the most exciting MLB squads in 2016. In the process of drawing up the excitement rankings, we searched for three key attributes: High-power offenses Elite starting pitching Shutdown bullpens To measure all 30 teams against each other, we looked back at 2015 stats and also factored offseason free-agent and trade additions into the equation. It's important to remember that just because we predicted these 10 teams to be the most exciting, they aren't necessarily going to be the best. At the same time, it just so happens that the two teams at the top of the list were extremely dangerous in 2015 and should be again in the upcoming campaign.Begin Slideshow


Cliff Lee: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent SP

As Cliff Lee looks to continue his pitching career in 2016, the former American League Cy Young winner needs to find a team willing to take a chance on him.   Continue for updates.  Teams Reluctant to Sign Lee Sunday, Feb. 7 According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, multiple teams have explored the idea of signing Lee as recently as this past week, but "are unsure about devoting $6 million to $8 million, plus incentives" to a 37-year-old who has thrown 81.1 innings since 2014.  In 2013, per the Associated Press (via NJ.com), Lee said he planned to retire when his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies expired:  “I am getting up there in age. I’m 35 years old. When this contract’s over, I plan on going home. I’m running out of opportunities but all I can control is what I can control. I’m going to do everything I can to help us win. That’s all ...


Alex Cobb Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Rays SP

Alex Cobb has been one of the Tampa Bay Rays' best starting pitchers when healthy, so if the team wanted to explore a trade market for him, it would certainly be robust.  Continue for updates.  Rays Not Shopping Cobb Sunday, Feb. 7 According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Cobb has generated "quite a bit of interest" from teams, but the Rays "are likely" to keep their young pitching staff intact heading into the season.    Health is a key point for Cobb this season. He missed the entire 2015 season after starting the year on the disabled list with elbow problems that led to Tommy John surgery in May.  The 28-year-old will make his return at some point early in 2016, joining a talented Tampa Bay rotation that includes Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, Nate Karns, Drew Smyly and Matt Moore.  Cobb looked like the Rays' ace-in-the-making during 2013-14, posting a 2.82 ERA and 283 strikeouts in 309.2 innings. The problem he ...


Freddy Garcia to Retire: Latest Comments, Reaction

Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia has decided to retire at the age of 39 after making one final start for Venezuela in the Caribbean Series on Sunday. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Garcia will attempt to lead Venezuela to victory in the championship game against Mexico before hanging up his cleats.  Venezuela manager Eddie Perez told Sanchez Garcia's final game only adds an extra layer of intrigue on top of his team competing for a Caribbean Series title: Venezuelan fans are expecting something good from Freddy and so is everybody. Knowing that it's his last game is going to make it very special. We all hope he pitches a really good game so he can retire in a good way and bring the title for Venezuela. Everybody who is rooting for Venezuela expects him to do well. Perez also left no doubt Garcia is the man he wants on the mound in this spot, calling ...


2016 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: 10 Names to Target

The start of spring training is still a few weeks away, but it's never too soon to start planning for this year's fantasy baseball draft. Hitting on your early-round picks and anchoring your roster with superstar talent is important, but more times than not, it's the late-round sleeper picks that prove to be the difference when it comes to contending for a league title. What follows is a look at 10 fantasy sleepers to target in your draft—five hitters and five pitchers—based on positive regression factors, strong second-half performances and potential upside. None of these guys are going to be targeted early, but rounding out your draft with a few of them could push your team over the top in 2016.   Note: Sleeper picks based on a 10- or 12-team mixed league with standard five-by-five rotisserie scoring (BA, HR, RBI, R and SB for hitters; W, SV, ERA, WHIP and K for pitchers).Begin Slideshow


Eric Wedge Hired as Blue Jays Player Development Adviser

The Toronto Blue Jays announced on Saturday they have hired Eric Wedge as the team's new player development adviser.  Wedge spent 10 seasons as a big league manager with the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009 and the Seattle Mariners from 2011-2013.    He posted a career record of 774-846 in that span, where he won the 2007 American League Manager of the Year Award after leading the Indians to a 96-66 season.  However, it was only one of two winning seasons that he ever posted.  Wedge hasn't been in the league since his falling out with the Mariners after three years with the team. Posting a 213-273 record with them, Wedge went after the front office in an article by Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.  Instead of finding a new job in the dugout, Wedge headed to the studio where he worked with ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Over that span, he's impressed TSN's Gareth Wheeler:  While he'll be working closely with the ...


Fantasy Baseball 2016: 10 MLB Players Most Likely to Regress This Season

Sure, MLB fans are still waiting for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training, but it's never too early to start preparing for the upcoming fantasy baseball season. Unfortunately, that preparation is not starting on a positive note. We're taking a look at a downside of fantasy baseball—regression—and the players coming off fantastic 2015 campaigns that are most likely to fall short of matching those spectacular numbers. Fluctuating player performance on a yearly basis is nothing new, and a drop in production can happen for any number of reasons. Age, advanced metrics that raise questions, a new team and/or new teammates can all factor into a player struggling to replicate his previous numbers. Don't take a player's appearance on this list to mean that they should be avoided at all costs in your fantasy draft. In most cases, that's as far from the truth as you can get. But expectations should be ...


Predicting Impact MLB Deals That Will Go Down During 2016 Spring Training

With spring training drawing near, we're all mainly excited for the baseball. It's our dear friend, and it's been too long since we last hung out. But don't forget about the business, folks. Spring training always brings us a few last-minute deals, and we're here to take a whack at predicting some of the big ones that will go down this spring. We don't have many to get to. Only four. Two involve predicting new homes for a couple big-name free agents. Another involves predicting the spring's biggest trade. Lastly, there's no time for contract extensions like spring training, and there's one in particular on our radar. Let's get going with...   Yovani Gallardo Signs with the Baltimore Orioles Major league clubs have already dropped about $2.5 billion on free agents. If they were to pool all their money together, Forbes says they could afford to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers.  And there are three big-name free agents ...


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